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Words that matter in holiday marketing

Is your marketing calendar stuffed full of holiday-ready content ideas?

Illustrated toilet paper kids can colour with their poo

A Japanese company has created illustrated toilet paper that kids can “colour” with their poo.

Boston Pizza delivers a carolling pizza box

Boston Pizza is delivering its Christmas Pizza in a box that sings Christmas carols.

6 ways to prepare your eCommerce site for the holidays

If your eCommerce site doesn’t run smoothly over the holidays, it's sure to spell trouble for your sales & reputation

Get wings delivered weekly with KFC’s ‘Seasoned Tickets’

KFC's fried chicken-scented Seasoned Tickets come just in time for football season.

FOX rebrand features a chunky new abstract logo

FOX has rebranded with an abstract logo reflecting the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.

KFC is throwing chicken-themed weddings in Australia

If you’ve ever dreamt of marrying the one you love at a fast-food restaurant, here’s your chance. KFC Australia is offering a wedding package to couples to legally tie the knot Kentucky Fried Chicken style. The fast-food chain is organizing and paying for six chicken-themed weddings for couples…

BK misses the deadline, so they ask fans to complete it

BK recently published an unfinished ad, calling upon fans to make improvements on it.

Yahoo reminds us they still exist by redesigning their logo

The redesign signals a strategic change for the company as it prepares to introduce other products and services.

Facebook considers hiding Like counts

Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts.

Doritos campaign removes logo to appeal to Gen Z

Doritos has made the unprecedented decision of dropping its name, logo and tagline to appeal to Gen Z.

Yelp 101: A guide to Yelp for small business

The meteoric rise of Yelp has given nearly every customer a way to share their experiences with the world.

Instagram hack supposedly fools the algorithm to boost engagement

if you’re not happy with the reach your photos receive on Instagram, try this rumoured hack.

UK regulator banned Volkswagen ad for being ‘sexist’

Commercials from Volkswagen and Philadelphia Cream Cheese have been banned by new UK regulations.

Washington’s Metro launches ad about manspreading

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority asks manspreaders to think about the comfort of other passengers.

Instagram influencers are upset after Likes display is disabled

Instagram's hiding of Likes will allow users to focus on quality as well as what they really want to post.

Burger King’s 50/50 menu has you guessing if it’s meat or not

Is it meat or not? BK is playing roulette with your taste buds by giving you a 50/50 chance at eating meat or plant.

KFC Russia introduces a fried chicken bucket hat

If you ever wished you could wear a KFC bucket on your head, now you can with KFC Russia's bucket hat.

Instagram model’s bottled bathwater sells out

NSFW cosplayer decides to make money by selling her fans her own bathwater.

Revisit the 80s with Nike’s Stranger Things collection

Nike has looked back into its archives to create a collection of clothing and sneakers based on Stranger Things.

KFC’s new vegan Imposter Burger tastes like chicken

The Imposter Burger is made from meat substitute Quorn and is coated in the Colonel's Original Recipe.

Instagram page shares amazing creations from designers

Topdezigners is an Instagram page that reposts gorgeous sleek, modern, and innovative designs.

Coca-Cola transforms logo to point to recycling bins

Coke uses its logo to point people to the nearest recycling bin to place their bottles and cans.

Funeral LEGO kits helps children learn about death

Funeral Museum in Vienna decided to help their young visitors by introducing funeral LEGO kits.

Burger King unhappy meals, because not everybody wakes up happy

BK has teamed with Mental Health America to release five unhappy meals called The Real Meal.

Customers are protesting McDonald’s new paper straws

Apparently people aren't lovin' it after McDonald's UK replaced its plastic straws with eco-friendly ones.

An influencer’s nightmare: Instagram experiments with removing likes

Imagine influencers on Instagram when no one but you can see how many followers or likes you have.

German cycling safety campaign being called sexist and stupid

A German ad campaign to get cyclists to wear helmets has sparked accusations of sexism.

Boost website conversions using colour psychology

The simple use of colour can either create a positive or negative user experience.

HBO & Oreo recreate Game of Thrones opening with 2,750 cookies

To celebrate the final season, Oreo has released a special line of limited-edition GoT cookies embossed with the last remaining houses.

Dunkin’ and Saucony reunite for donut-inspired sneakers

Saucony has teamed up with Dunkin’ for co-branded sneakers that looks so good you'll want to eat them.

BK offers free Whoppers for setting its rivals’ ads on fire

Though it sounds like BK is inciting arson, they actually want users to do it through a new AR app.

Finland offers free trips to teach people happiness

In an effort to promote the wellness and happiness Visit Finland lets you Rent a Finn for a weekend.

Tips to optimize your next email marketing campaign

What can you do to compel your readers to open your email when they have dozens of others in their inbox?

Anti-cruelty campaign shows animals get no pleasure from suffering

How do you push people to action when it comes to anti-cruelty? You create controversy.

McDonald’s plans to retail its own version of Balenciaga’s fries shoes

First it was a New York souvenir company that went after Balenciaga for copying a touristy tote, now it is McDonald's turn.

KFC ensures you don’t smudge your phone with this synthetic finger

Sometimes you just have to share your love fried chicken while you eat. However, using your smartphone with chicken-scented fingers might leave your shiny display covered in grease and grime. Not to worry though, KFC has a better way to live-tweet what you’re eating.

Feel fancier this Valentine’s Day with Ketchup Caviar by Heinz

If you’re not the greatest cook, but you still want to make your Valentine a hamburger and want a fancier form of ketchup, look no further because Heinz is now making Ketchup Caviar.

Russian start-up plans to deploy space-based billboards

A Russian startup, StartRocket, plans massive billboards to beam advertisements to Earth from space.

Nestlé says goodbye to single-use plastic

In a recent press release, Nestlé stated that it will begin eliminating all plastic straws in its products.

McDonald’s loses Big Mac trademark case to Irish fast food brand

McDonald’s registration of the trademark was lost because they had not proven genuine use of the term Big Mac as a burger or restaurant name.

Adult-friendly LEGO kits to build a mini Leica camera

Designer Chris McVeigh and LEGO have teamed up to create a Leica M model kit. Each set lets you build your own toy version of the iconic camera.

McDonald’s introduces its first vegan-friendly Happy Meal

One third of McDonald’s UK customers polled said it was important to them to include more meat-free meals.

Tiffany & Co. releases what’s essentially fancy LEGO for US$1,650

Did you love LEGO as a kid, but feel that it's not luxurious enough now that you're older? Well, Tiffany & Co. has just released a more opulent version that's the perfect gift for your inner child.

Spice up the holidays with the KFC fire log

Forget pine and cinnamon. Maybe Christmas should smell like crispy fried chicken.

The #InstaGiftGuide, based on popular 2018 hashtags

The #InstaGiftGuide matches six popular hashtag trends from 2018 with gift-worthy products.

McDonald’s releases McNugget Christmas ornaments

One of the world’s largest fast food chains is sprucing up the holiday season with some signature Christmas ornaments. McDonald’s UK has just rolled out two variations of ornaments. Celebrating the almighty Chicken McNugget, you’ll want a full box of 50. 

Starbucks to ban porn in its stores, so YouPorn bans them from offices

Apparently Starbucks doesn’t want its customers using their free WiFi to look at porn. Enough Is Enough, a nonprofit dedicated to internet safety, created a petition calling for the coffee chain to block access to explicit materials.

Fashion retailer sells twigs for US$50 leaving Internet speechless

If you visit the website of fashion retailer Anthropologie, you’ll see a product called Birch Branch Bundle. Exactly what the name implies, this bundle of decorative twigs is not much different from what you’d find in your own yard.

BK uses actual photos of car crashes to encourage home delivery

Some people are so hungry for a Whopper that they don’t just go through the drive-thru, they go through the entire restaurant. And that’s what led Burger King to create this campaign by Lola MullenLowe, promoting home delivery with images of real car crashes that occurred…